Skowhegan project seen as part of broad push for more affordable housing in Maine

“We are in a position now where instead of being able to do five or six projects a year, we need to do 20, 25. And instead of a couple hundred units a year, we should shoot to do 1,000 a year,” Brennan said. “And this year we’re going to complete about 550 units. So we’re getting just a tremendous amount of support from the state and federal government to invest in affordable housing right now, which is really great.”

The Portland Press Herald • October 26, 2021

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Advocates call for more affordable housing options

Home prices have risen faster in Massachusetts than in any other state since 1980, according to state officials. Rents have increased by 75% since 2000, with some communities seeing rental costs double in recent decades. A $3.65 billion proposal being considered by the House of Representatives this week would divert about $600 million in federal relief funds and surplus revenue to buttress existing programs aimed at increasing affordable housing. But advocates say the state needs a more sustainable way of generating funds, while easing restrictive local zoning policies.

Gloucester Daily Times • October 27, 2021

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NJ counties, cities gave out only 25% of COVID rental aid, putting remainder at risk

Landlords in New Jersey are owed an estimated $1 billion to $3 billion worth of rent because hundreds of thousands of tenants lost their jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic, but were protected against eviction for a year and a half under a state moratorium. Low-income tenants cannot be kicked out of their homes through the end of the year, and any tenant making under 120% of their county's median income who missed rent between March 2020 and August 2021 can have their eviction cases dismissed if they fill out a form attesting their income and apply for rental assistance.

North Jersey Media Group • October 28, 2021

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